3-Way Elderberry Syrup Recipe

elderberry syrup in upcycled StarbucksbottleThis fall, my family and I started drinking the standard recipe of Elderberry Syrup on a daily basis to boost our immune system.

I wrote about it last month in my DIY Elderberry Syrup Recipe post. (**Please refer to that post for additional information.)

Since then, we have customized the recipe 3 ways.

All variations start with the Elderberry Concentrate. This is sometimes used as a base for Elderberry tea.

Elderberry Concentrate Ingredients:
1/2 cup dried organic Elderberries
3 cups water
1 cinnamon stick
3 organic cloves
1 Tbsp shredded fresh organic ginger


Place berries, water and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 – 45 minutes until liquid is reduced by half.

Smash the berries to release remaining juice and strain the mixture.

Allow the concentrate to cool to room temperature.

Variation 1
Once cooled, pour the concentrate into clean jars and refrigerate.

Take 1/2 – 1 Tbsp. daily to build the immune system.

This works well for babies for babies and toddlers who should not consume raw honey.

ThisĀ  is a good option for anyone who needs to minimize sugar.

Variation 1 is delicious added to a cup of hot cider or a smoothie.

Variation 2: Standard Recipe
Once the concentrate has cooled, stir in 1 cup of raw honey.

Pour into clean glass jars and store in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 months.

For adults, take one tablespoon four times daily while sick.
For children, take 1/2 tablespoon four times daily. **

If using for children under the age of 2, honey MUST be added to the syrup while hot to kill any microbes in the honey.

Variation 3
Follow directions for Variation 2, but only use 1/2 cup of raw honey.

While we primarily use Variations 1 & 3 for building our immune systems, that will change if anyone gets sick. Variation 2 is the one that has proven health benefits for speeding up the recovery time from the flu.

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